On the second day of mine in Cleveland, Ohio I went out looking for a job to Parma Heights. Nothing worked on my side. When returning back to downtown, I realized that I had no change to pay for the next bus that I was taking to my apartment.
After getting off at the Public Square I see this store right in front of me. I go in and grab a bottle of water. The cashier is an old man with a smile. I hand him 20 dollar bill and tell him that all I needed was change for the bus. Then a young man sitting next to him asks me if I want to work? Well, that’s what I have been looking for all day and now I am not even expecting it and is just offered to me. Great, right? We talked about responsibilities, hours and pay, I was fine with 8 dollars per hour to begin with. Then I asked him when do you want me to start? He goes, “From NOW”.
I said all right and hopped behind the counter. From 6/7 in the evening I worked till 9pm. We closed the store then Sean said he could drop me by the apartment. I liked the idea. On the way he asked me where I was from and all and I told him I was from Nepal, worked in a deli in New Jersey and now was here to attend Cleveland State University.
I also asked him what he did? He said, “I am at the store only cause my father is visiting California. In couple days he will be back. I work at a hospital.”
Before I got off at 2200 Prospect Ave, he reminded me to show up at work on time. I said I will and shouted “Thank you very much Sean and Good Night! See you tomorrow!!”
So many things I could share with you about my experience there. Will post them some other time. For now, why don’t I share with you some pictures.
This is Hot Corned Beef sign displayed on the window
Public buses stop right there. That’s where I got off.
Jake, Salim & Me. Salim was a very nice man. Cared about the business a lot and knew how to feal with customers. Always shouted Hammudi at me, may be he though tI was like a little kid. Well, that’s the best way to enjoy life, I tell you. It is snowing outside. Inside, above us, you see these posters I designed.
I don’t know if you would believe me but, we used to have these customers stealing stuffs. Always had to watch them closely. Most customers were great but some liked stealing. No problem, it was fun chasing them.
I hope you enjoyed this ride with me back to Cleveland. Please write your thoughts and I will take time to read them. Thanks a lot. Have a great time! Smiles!!